|Mikel Landa in Trentino|
The sweetness of April came and immediately vanished, the sun was even too warm and now it's just a memory under a thick cover of cloud. It's rainy and cold in Italy. It looks like March.
As far as cycling is concerned I'm only following the classic races I love.
|Matija Kvasina in Croatia|
There are too many races in the calendar, historical events must fight to survive while new races are created in the same days. I think it makes no sense that people racing Liège didn't start in Amstel and Fleche but maybe in Trentino. I see Tour of Croatia got an higher profile while Tour of Turkey - already a quite new race - is affected by the political situation. That's normal: cycling races are a part of a wider world and I'd like to see the peloton stopping in support of refugees blocked on the Balkan road. Is this going to happen?
Mikel Landa conquered Trentino before he attacks the Giro d'Italia. Alejandro Valverde won Vuelta Castilla y Leon just before his triumph in the Fleche. Carlos Betancur is back delivering and looks good in his new Team Movistar.
The Tour of Croatia will finish tomorrow - while I'll be busy with Liège - but so far it has been a success for Trek-Segafredo that scored two victories by Giacom Nizzolo and one by Riccardo Zoidl, but also for Team Baku that's leading by Matija Kvasina. It would be cool if they can bring home that jersey!
2016-04-15 Stage 1 - Alcanices › Bragança BETANCUR Carlos BETANCUR Carlos 166.3
2016-04-16 Stage 2 - Bragança › Fermoselhe VALVERDE Alejandro BETANCUR Carlos 170.6
2016-04-17 Stage 3 - Salamanca › Alto de Candelario VALVERDE Alejandro 151.4
Giro del Trentino
2016-04-19 Stage 1 (TTT) - Riva › Torbole AGNOLI Valerio 12.1
2016-04-20 Stage 2 - Arco › Anras LANDA Mikel LANDA Mikel 220
2016-04-21 Stage 3 - Sillian › Mezzolombardo KANGERT Tanel LANDA Mikel 204.6
2016-04-22 Stage 4 - Malè › Cles KANGERT Tanel 160.9
Tour of Croatia
2016-04-19 Stage 1 - Osijek › Varazdin NIZZOLO Giacomo NIZZOLO Giacomo 230.4
2016-04-20 Stage 2 - NP Plitvice › Split CAVENDISH Mark CAVENDISH Mark 240
2016-04-21 Stage 3 - Makarska › Sibenik NIZZOLO Giacomo NIZZOLO Giacomo 190.8
2016-04-22 Stage 4 - Crikvenica › Ucka ZOIDL Riccardo KVASINA Matija 122.1
2016-04-23 Stage 5 (TTT) - Porec › Umag TEAM TINKOFF KVASINA Matija 40.3
2016-04-24 Stage 6 - Sveti Martin › Zagreb ? ? 158.5